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Full text of "The Cambridge Natural History"

xvn                              MENTAL CHARACTERS                             575
both animals the thumb is not of much use, and this digit is
more retrograde in the Gorilla, not only in proportionate length
but in its muscular supply. The hip girdle tells the same tale.
It is broader in the Gorilla, and the glutaei muscles are more
prominent, all these features being connected with the more
erect gait.
The brain of both animals have been studied, but not in the
case of the Gorilla from a sufficiently large number of examples to
make any generalisations of great value. On the whole, the
Gorilla has the larger brain, but this must be discounted by the.
fact that it also has the larger body. It is a remarkable fact that
the Gorilla's liver is much more like that of lower Apes than the
liver of other Anthropoids. It has, as has the Chimpanzee,
laryngeal sacs. The general conclusion concerning the relative
position of the two African Anthropoids seems to be that the
Gorilla is the more primitive ; and as thus it must approach more
nearly to the original parent than does the Chimpanzee, it may be
said that it also comes rather nearer to Man, since the Chimpanzee
has travelled away from the common stock on another line. The
detailed likenesses to Man, however, are not to be unduly dwelt
upon; for they mainly come from a tendency to assume the
plantigrade mode of progression.
In mental characteristics there is the widest difference be-
tween the two Apes that we are considering. The Chimpanzee
is lively, and—at least when young—teachable and tameable.
The Gorilla, on the other hand, is gloomy and ferocious, and
quite untameable. When angry the Gorilla beats its breast, a
statement that was originally made, we believe, by M. du Chaillu,
but which has been disputed, though it appears to be perfectly
true. A young Gorilla, exhibited some time since in the Gardens
of the Zoological Society, could be observed to do so. The cry
of the Chimpanzee is different from the " howl" of the Gorilla.
An immense amount has been written upon the ways of this
animal in its own home, including much that is legendary. The
Gorilla has been said to lurk in the depths of the forest, and to
stretch down a prehensile foot to grasp and strangle an un-
fortunate black man passing below. It is said, too, to vanquish
the Elephant by hitting it hard upon the trunk with a stout
stick, and to crumple up the barrel of a rifle with its powerful
teeth.